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opponents wrong. thanks to daniel inouye, hawaii has become a modern, prosperous state. many alaskans have a special fond unless for the 50th state, especially i have to say at this time of the year when it's 40 below in fairbanks. daniel inouye began his public career and service at the age of 17 when he entered the army after the attack on pearl harbor. he served with incredible distinction, earning the nation's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much good for both our states. that will last for generations. when i was elected to this office, senator inouye was one of the first members to reach out to me to ask how he could help. the unique thing about senator inouye was always his quiet approach to all the issues. he provided me quiet advice and helped me learn how this place works. many times i'd be down here at the podium and in the well here waiting for the vo
and hawaii. that's he humility he showed his entire life. there was no staff there just the two of us. we talked for an hour. i would always remember -- having passed away yesterday, it will be imbedded in my mind. as we left, we both thought about fact we had not been able to sit down and talk like that enough. he professed at that time -- his words -- how lucky he has been his whole life. he said i got at emphysema now. i said, not from smoking. he said, i learn to smoke in the war as a boy. he smoked from 1944 to 1967. he told me he had lung cancer. but they were wrong. they took part of his lung out. he talked about how lucky he had been with surviving what he fought with lung can certification but how lucky he had been his while life, for example, the war. i'm sure people would not reflect on his massive injuries as being lucky. butth but he considered he was lucky to have lived. he had been called upon with three other people, three other soldiers, to cross a river in the dark of night, to find out what was going on, on the other side of the river, and he and his three companions, i
. >> the president is going away for christmas. he's going to hawaii for 20-something days. where am i going to be? where are my neighbors going to be? we aren't going to have a place to call home. >> all that can happen and all that will happen is one side will concede. >> will the president stay in town through the course of these negotiations? >> you are going to enjoy your holiday in hawaii. aim going to be here with no lights, no electric, no plumbing, what am i going to do for the holidays. >> what obama wants is a confession. >> should anyone in washington be going on vacation in the middle of this fiscal crisis? should the president be jetting off to hawaii? both sides created this mess and they are the only ones who can fix it. from senior advisor president reagan began, pat buchanan joins us. pat, any promise of the president if he leaves town before this is resolved? >> i think the president is taking a tremendous risk here, greta. the reason is if this is not solved and it looks like it is going to come apart, say, on the 20th, 21st of december and he's splashing around at hawaii, you
long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and i can tell you, it ends with good news. it ends with this news, which i can say personally was greeted by all of us as the best news in the world when we saw it. it's nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel, looking a little disheveled, a little less groomed than usual, but as you can see, looking like himself. on the left this is ghazi balkiz and john klooister, a long-time nbc news photographer. these three men were able to appear live on the "today" show, fife days after being kidnapped and held in captivity in syria. just hours before this shot of them this morning, they were freed by a syrian rebel group who rescued them from an unknown group that had taken them and that had held them for five, long, horrible days. the rebel group not only rescued these three, they then took responsibility for driving them to th
. >> gregg: will be the president be working on these issues during his christmas holiday in hawaii or is it golf and r&r and spending time with the kids? >> mostly r&r but on friday the president acknowledged there might not be time for any grand bargain. he scaled back for expectations for the rest of the year. one democrat said a larger deal is not impossible. >> we what we ought to do is take speaker's last offer, president's last offer and split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the $1.1 trillion that has already been done, that would be close to the $4 trillion we needed to stabilize the debt and begin to bring it down. >> reporter: to do that the president is demanding wealthy pay higher taxes. >> gregg: steve, thanks. >> heather: gregg, president obama is taking a break from the stress of fiscal cliff negotiations spending the holiday in hawaii. there is also a somber moment on his schedule. president and first lady attending a memorial service for daniel i inouye. >> he is leaving the fiscal cliff worries back home. we are
are we in the usa imitating failure? did you know that california and new york and hawaii are also poised to hit their richest people with a greater than 50% tax rate? isn't that great? emulate france. here now is jim pethokoukis of the american enterprise institute. jim, i thought we wanted to emulate success, not furl. >> i thought so, too. listen, the president wants to run an experiment and see how high we can crank up tax rates in this country without it hurting economic growth. they're already running it in europe, in france, in great britain. the entire european experiment here has been one of tax hike austerity. even though they focus on the spending cuts, you're talking about a high tax area raising taxes even higher. we're trying to to do the same thing here. >> least the brits have the humility to acknowledge their mistake. they took the rate from 40% 050%. millionaires left the island. now they're coming back and dropping it to 45%. at least the brits have some humility. the french don't seem to have any. those socialists are going to go down with the ship. >> they're going to
. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hirono, for five minutes. ms. hirono: i stand here today to give tribute to my friend, who is our senior senator, our country's senior senator, daniel inouye. with your passing, my friend, i tell you that no one can fill your shoes. in hawaii we say there are three economic joggers in our state, tourism, defense and senator inouye. and it's true. his work and his unselfishness in serving his state and country are unparalleled. he served our country during war at a time when people who looked like him were not considered american citizens. he did it and served our country honorably sand with respect. with incredible strength and character. he did it because he believed in our -- in what our country should and could be. make our country great. our country above service. our country about our children and our future. our country, honorable. his personal legacy and my home state of hawaii could and will never be matched. never. hawaii will never be able to thank senator inouye for his service and what he's done for us. it is too great to
complications on monday, at age 88. he will be returned home to hawaii tomorrow, and a public service will be held at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific on sunday, before he is laid to rest in his home state. the service is about one hour and 45 minutes. >> i am resurrection, and i am light, says the lord. whoever has faith in the show have life, though he dies. everyone who has life and has committed himself to me in faith shall not die forever. as for me, i know that my redeemer lives, and that of the last you will stand upon the earth. after my awaking, he will raise me up. and in my body, i shall see god. my eyes shall behold him who is my friend and not a stranger. ford none of us has life in themself, and nunn becomes his own master when we die. for if we have life, we are alive in the lord, and if we die, we die in the lord. so then whether we live or die, we are the lord's possession. happy from now on are those who die in the lord. so it is said of the spirit, for the rest from their labors. >> as dean of washington national cathedral, on behalf of the bishop, i we
at a sandwich shop and told friends he would move to hawaii which was a lifelong dream but he missed his flight. some say he was upset about a recent breakup with his girlfriend. some say he was evicted from a place living in june an bounced around from house to house. on facebook paege he liked shooting and an adrenaline junkie. his mother issued a statement saying she was shocked by what happened. there is word she had been estranged from jacob for the last several years because of his drug use. no clear picture exactly why he went on this shooting spree. a lot of descriptions of him as being, a lot of them being a normal kid. alisyn? alisyn: always so mystifying after these things. dan, thanks for the update. bill: we're getting reaction trot mall shooter's family. a long-time friend of jacob roberts family came out with a statement from the his mother saying the family is blind-sided by this. >> tammy wishes to express her shot and grief of the events at clackamas town center on tuesday. she has no understanding or explanation for her son's behavior. bill: roberts roommates and neighbors sa
. >> congratulations, senator. today the united states senate got a brand new member. democrat brian schatz of hawaii. senator schatz was appointed by hawaii's governor last night to fill the vacant seat of senator daniel inouye, who passed away a week ago. brian schatz got on air force one late last night. he touched down in washington early this morning. and he was a senator by this afternoon. that is a big day. so senator schatz, welcome to washington. welcome to the u.s. senate. there is a lot to catch up on. first of all, many of your new colleagues, most of the people you're about to join, they won their elections back in november. you of course did not. so it is possible that between november and now, like a normal human being, you were not paying all that much attention 20 what washington has been up to. it's the end of the year. things have slowed down. we're waiting for a new congress to come in. usually you would have time to get your bearings to figure out where the bathrooms are. that is not going to be the case this year. not with the fiscal cliff. luckily for you, we here at "the rache
.s. naval base in pearl harbor, hawaii. last summer a dozen veterans went back to the base where they served and survived. >> at first i thought it was not going to affect me too much. but it is tough to see all of the misery that was created. >> after 70 years, believe me. >> their entire hon horr and flight documented for a film called back to pearl. joining me is chris hibon who is in the air force and pearl harbor survival. known as cookie cook. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. cookie on the morning of december seventh. you were there in the barracks. you were in the shower getting ready for church. >> that's right. >> where were you? do you remember? >> i right there. >> a bomb went ouv nearby. >> it went off down in here. i was underneath this. >> you ran out of the building and smart enough to jump underneath a car. >> yes. >> you felt another gi may have saved your life that day. >> i think so. he was in front of me and they dropped the bombs right in here. and the scrap nel hit him first because he was underthe car in front of me. >> steve: you put this movie together.
of hawaii, a highly decorated wofford war two combat veteran and the second longest senator in history died on monday. the senate passed a resolution naming patrick leahy as new president pro temps, the third in line to the presidency. good morning, everyone, on this tuesday, december 18, 2012, as senators say goodbye to their longtime colleague yesterday, they will be welcoming a new senator from the state of south carolina. and tim scott has been tapped to replace jim demint. and the papers reporting progress being made about the so-called fiscal cliff talk. first, we return to the tragedy to discuss mental health issue in this country. what should be the role of the federal and state government if any in mental health? also send us a tweet, twitter.com c-spanwj or facebook .com/c-span or send us an e-mail. let me begin with the hill newspaper this morning and this headline. mass murders spark wide debate on violence. congressional debate in newtown, connecticut has gone far beyond gun control to include a focus on mental health programs and pervasive violence in popular culture. lawmaker
will never forget ceremonies set to get underway in hawaii to mark japan's surprise attack on pearl harbor 71 years ago today. the attack killed more than 2400 americans and it launched our entry into world war ii. the navy will also honor veteran ray emory. he has made it his mission to identify more than 600 unknown service members remained. he says he remembers being on the deck of the u.s.s. honolulu like it was yesterday. >> when i got there i had the cover off one of the 50 caliber machine guns. the other was about halfway off and a torpedo went by, the torpedo heading for ship row. i thought at the time that this is really a good mock thing like that. i pull the cover off the rest of the way and about that time another torpedo came by and i saw the big red ball and i realized it was the japanese who were attacking pearl harbor. heather: he has helped id nine service members and has the names of one hundred more men that he believes are identifiable. because of his work more than 300 gravestones at the national cemetery in hawaii have been relabeled with the names of the diseased. jon:
. criminal charges against him were dropped. >>> the state of hawaii is no longer 50th in voter turnout. it's tied for 49th with west virginia. this time around, they've got company at the bottom. both west virginia and hawaii tenned out 44.2% of its voters in 2012. >>> the duke of cambridge decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at a military event to be with his pregnant wife. katherine has been battling acute morning sickness. they are supposeded to attend the royal premiere of "the hobbit" tomorrow but the daily mail says katherine may not be well enough to go. >> if he skips the hobbit for her, that is true love. i'll be impressed. >> thank you. 17 minutes past the hour. time for early reads, local news making national headlines. we're starting with the charlotte news and observer in north carolina where a federal judge ruled the state cannot issue choose life license plates without offering ones with different view points. he called it viewpoint discrimination and violation of the first amendment. pro-choice advocates and the aclu praised that decision but the ruling suggests, they
family gathered in hawaii for a service on the uss arizona memorial. lane's ashes inside an urn made by his son tom were carried by scuba drivers and entombed in gun number four. right given to all survivors of the upp ship. >> he never called himself a hero. peel would go you are such a hero. he said no, the heros are still down in the ship. >> william la jeunesse, fox news. >> john: after the attack, lane spent ten days on a hospital ship recovering from his wounds. this will tell you why he swam to theness. he was dedicated. he returned to service fighting battle of coral sea and midway. a the war he stayed in the navy and flew missions as part of the berlin air lift and served in vietnam. free speech could cost one consumer close to $1 million. they make millions off the 99%. but do music stars put their money where their mouth is? grapevine is coming up next. >> john: political grapevine. reply all failed from the police department. atlantic monthly reports a television producer worked on story about animal trafficking a month after the lapd held a press conference promising to
days, golfing. a lawsuit, the indonesia, the island of hawaii. and maxine and relaxing while we slid down the abyss. lou: it seems to me, sherry, as the republicans cannot quite figure out how to say, this is the president's decision. it's his ultimatum, and it's his choice. why can't they say that? >> because there is no guarantee that it will turn out well. there is a media that will try and blame republicans no matter what. plus boehner could go in and cut a deal but he did you lose his right flank on this. starting to think it's a better deal for the republicans to of vote present, let the president on this completely. lou: agree to raise taxes. >> now. his thing. mitch mcconnell tried to get the senate, harry reid to vote on the president's plan and harry reid said no. democrats are calling it a stunt. this is the president's plan we can raise taxes on rich and you don't have to cut spending and you can do all the things that he wants to do, and they don't want that to come to a vote. there might be something there. i'm thinking that might maybe make him on it and let the chips
to hawaii. the president may not go to hawaii -- >> come on. >> oh, stop it right now. >> there's no way. he's got to go to hawaii. it's his home! he was born there whether trump believes it or not. >> majority leader reid says he doesn't believe there will be a deal by christmas. >> partly because of the mechanics. another incentive, we're told if the deal stretches out, if there's no deal, if they're trying to fight over the fiscal cliff in january, senate democrats will be less eager to take on susan rice as the secretary of state nominee. they've said the president would win that fight. they don't want to worry about the massachusetts seat. but if they have all this stuff swap into january. >> a related issue -- >> no, i have a feeling this is not going to be related at all. >> very related. willie, what do you think the life expectancy is in new york city? >> male or female or just overall? >> anybody. what would you think? >> i'll say 81. >> it's 81. >> is it really? >> howard wolfson just tweeted -- >> i made that up. >> move to new york city. it is a remarkable thing. >> thanks. >> t
's threatened by this. such a missile could reach alaska, hawaii, south korea or japan. that's one of the reasons that all of those countries have taken precautionary measures, the u.s. sending four warships to the region, south korea has a warship observing all the events. japan activating its anti-missile shield. the plan launched in provocation in direct defines of the security council. the state department said we have the un security council statement which strongly condemned their last launch and made clear that the council was determined to take action if there is a further launch and we stand by that, end quote. just what action the un might take remains unclear but the tightening of sanctions is almost a sure bet and given that much of the technology for north korea's missile program is imported, a stricter ban of technology sports from around the world may be in the offing. >> shepard: technical problems is the reason given for the delay. it sounds like a lot of analysts believe that could be a cover. >> reporter: that's what couple of south korean analysts are telling th
at pearl harbor, hawaii. that was 71 years ago today. moments ago at almost the exact minute it happened hawaiian time military veterans active duty service members and americans of all ages held a moment of silence at pearl harbor memorial to remember 12,400 men and women that lost their lives that day. >>> help for the disabled. a cleaner environment. safer world. you want all that, right? well, the european space agency says it's got the answer, and it's in space. cnn's aiyish reports from london. >> like an audio gps for the blind and visually impaired, the faster it ticks, you are on the right track. >> if you turn to the right side,ist the wrong way. if you go to the left side, it's the wrong way. so you find in the middle where it's very loud. there you have to go. >> reporter: satellites are used by different industries, like aviation. used in bad weather for planes and helicopters. >> the new aviation paradigm is going to be satellite navigation to be sure that aircrafts are going to be better using the airspace and the use of landing, and that there's more safe landings availab
anchoring the news in honolulu, hawaii. distance involved, roughly 6,000 miles. my deadline to get the pie to her, 24 hours. cranberry apple, that's what went into the fedex box. for precious or fragile items, best to leave the packaging to the professionals. and our pie is out the door. for the next few hours, you see that purple line? that's our pie on its journey. headed from memphis, tennessee. why memphis? well, look at this place. this is fedex's global super hub, which at more than 800 acres, feels more like a military base than a shipping facility. and with christmas approaching, it's a military base that's gearing up for battle. let's check in on our pie, which they were kind enough to track just for us. it's coming in for a landing soon. so out on the tarmac where it's nonstop on the runways. then our pie is safely on the ground. normally it would be in one of these shipping containers. where is your pie? >> we have your pie right here. >> reporter: for now it's being carried so we can track it through our next stop. they call this the matrix. >> if you stand here 15 minutes, you
times." host: the code of hawaii -- the governor of hawaii possibly been the replacement for daniel inouye, reported by cbs news. picking up on the remaining time and before the next senate, comes in. president obama spoke on friday and talked about the senator's service and he might not have considered a career in public service had not been for the senator. [video clip] >> he was a proud democrat and a proud american. were it not for those insights planted in my head at the age of 11 in between is the land and a trip to yellowstone -- between disneyland -- i'm not have considered a career in public service and might not be standing here today. i think it's fair to say that daniel inouye was perhaps my earliest political inspiration. ost: senator daniel in a ouye passed away earlier this year. we're looking at your political hero of 2012. mitch is from tennessee on the democrat's line. caller: i just want to say that my political hero had to be bernie sanders. he started talking about not paying taxes on the high end. i say bernie sanders got it right. ask anybody about the rich pa
of people will gather in hawaii for a memorial service at the site of the uss arizona. that gets underway a couple hours from now. 7:55 a.m. was the moment of that attack on that fateful day. people across the country remember pearl harbor today and we do so being joined this morning by retired navy captain chuck nash, also a fox news military analyst. captain nash, good morning. good to have you here today. >> good morning, martha. martha: with all these things you get further and further away from them and fewer and fewer people were there and who remembered the events of that day. what do you is so important especially for young people to understand about the significance of pearl harbor? >> i think a lot of folks, young folks today have gone through a i am lar thing with 9/11. it was a galvanizing influence and it changed america forever. december 7th was a sneak attack and the nation when that day, when people found out what was going on there was no internet. so news traveled a little bit slower than it does today but it still went to every crevice of this country and the next day y
for the american people. >> reporter: of course the president would like to go to hawaii for the annual vacation. lawmakers would like to go home to be with families over christmas holidays. threatening to work through the holidays may get some people's attention, jon. jon: we haven't heard from the president so far today as far as i know. we heard from house democrats. what are they saying. >> reporter: we heard from leading house democrats, social security is off the table. the president says so. they are pushing republicans in the house to take up a vote on bush middle class tax cuts which obviously the republicans also want but want it is a part of a bigger deal. here is more from a leading democrat a short time ago. >> what about jobs? what are you guys doing down there? and the hard truth is speaker boehner has a difficult task. i believe that he will succeed in bringing his conference around. >> reporter: so a bit of optimism from a leading house democrat there, jon. jon: optimism is in short supply these days. we'll take all of it that we can get i guess. mike emanuel, thanks. >> reporte
was moving to hawaii, but then he may have missed his flight last weekend. some people also say he was depressed about a recent breakup with his girlfriend. tuesday morning he was seen carrying his guitar case. roberts' mother had complained about his drug use and worried about him ending up in the prison, but he had no real criminal record, and through a friend, his mom issued a statement. >> tammy wishes to express her shock and grief at the events at the town center on tuesday. she has no understanding or explanation for her son's behavior. >> reporter: now, the tragedy might have been a lot worse if the ar-15 rifle roberts stole had not temporarily jammed. also the mall and local police had just trained for this exact scenario last spring. the other good news is shooting victim christina -- [inaudible] 15-year-old girl, is doing much better, expected to fully recover. a bullet passed right through her back and chest but missed vital organs. 45-year-old steve forsyth was married and a father of two, he sold media ads and was running a kiosk in the mall, supposedly just for the h
lives here, in chicago. and your aunt lisa lives here, in baltimore. uncle earnie? waaay out in hawaii. but don't you worry, we will always be together for christmas. [ male announcer ] being together is the best part of the holidays and cheerios is happy to be part of the family. you just ate dallas! >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's "the stephanie miller show." ♪ i'm walkin' on sunshine ♪ ♪ i'm walkin' on sunshine ♪ ♪ and it's time to feel good ♪ ♪ hey, all right now ♪ ♪ and it's time to feel good ♪ >> stephanie: don't ask me important questions before i'm about to go on. i'm getting in character. i'm nervous. it's show time. >> i'm talking to you about show stuff. not your party this weekend. >> stephanie: shouldn't we be nervous? the show is about to begin. >> it has been eight years. come on. >> stephanie: happy monday. jim was at my party this weekend. he said the funniest thing when he came in. >> i had to leave early a because i was exhausted. i had a corporate gig in anaheim
counterparts there. just yesterday in my headquarters, the deputy chief of the pla navy was in hawaii at my headquarters receiving briefings on the future activities that our navies will do together, looking, talking to the issues at the rim of the pacific exercise which you mentioned that will happen in 2014. we have a growing ability to have a dialogue at the military level that is frank and open. and we do that through consultative talks that we do on a periodic basis. and then we build a calendar of events on the areas where we think will have the most opportunity to have success working together to we build a calendar of events, and so far we're having a very good record on meeting those objectives, and actually completing them. right now i believe, timeframe exactly but there's an exercise that we are doing and a bilateral way between the u.s. military and pacom, and the pla. so i just sent letters to my counterparts congratulate them on their promotions. and hoping that we continue to have a good an open dialogue. because in the end, you know, we have the responsibility, the pla and
can think of something better than to wrap up the year with the gang getting laid in hawaii. [♪ circus music ♪] >> that would be awful if we had to do a show there. i would hate it. >> stephanie: we be doing the very first show of 2013 in washington, d.c. check it out. and ryan in new jersey i'm very happy i have been getting the steph cast since the end of october. [ inaudible ] it helped me get through a rough day wednesday as a blind person who has a successful career in it. being able to listen on the way to the train to and from work to such things as jim's, reince -- >> reince prebus! >> stephanie: and rocky mountain mike skeeter, gets me through the day with a whole lot of fun. ps my screen-reading software does pronounce chris's last name as wa-wa. >> i was so furious at that business with the americans with disabilities act. that act is probably the thing the government has done in my lifetime that has made me most proud to be an american. >> stephanie: yep. >> and how can you dispute it that if i want to have a private business i shouldn't have t
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, when the president is supposed to head to hawaii on his christmas vacation, all of this could slide. the real deadline is the end of the year, but they really need to strike a deal by christmas. and even doing that, have been waiting as long as that is something that could really roil the market. so it's also important that they do it before then, ted. >> yeah, well, hopefully the threat of missing their vacation will push them to work harder. >> it works sometimes. >> sure. brianna keilar for us this morning at the white house. brianna, thank you. this morning, some calming words on syria amid fears that the crumbling regime there could unleash chemical weapons on its own people, just days after the u.s. and other countries warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action. defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from that threat. here is what panetta said earlier this morning aboard a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating, you know, any aggressive steps to move forward in that way. but we continue to monitor it very cl
ii growing up. >> i had extended family who were in hawaii a short time ago who were veterans who were at pearl harbor managed to sleep in on that sunday morning and missed it by about an hour. >> i was name and my son is named after my uncle eric bolling shot down south pacific. body never found. everyone has a tie to that generation. >> he is proud you are carrying on his name. >> yes, sir. >> take a look at your northern plains, still warm across parts of the south. southeast is going to be well above your averages. that's to the south of this front. to the north of it just have scattered showers, scattered snow showers across parts of michigan and heading in towards canada. it's going to be mostly rain at least for now though across areas of the ohio valley northeast two or three days. developing system across the northern rockies. doesn't look like. now. measurable and plowable snow across minnesota by the time we get towards sunday afternoon. we do have blizzard warnings in effect. we will be very windy across parts of the dakotas. heaviest of the snow storm warning across w
. tribute speeches continue to the late senator daniel inouye of hawaii who died yesterday at the age of 88. and related to that today, as well, senator pat leahy was sworn in as the new president pro tempore of the united states senate. that happened earlier today. vice president biden administering the oath. >> well, good afternoon, everyone. the entire congress is united and condemning the violence in newtown, and on the need to enforce our laws. as we continue to learn the facts, congress will examine whether there is an appropriate and constitutional response that would better protect our citizens. with regard to the year end tax issue, i would remind everyone that in the summer of 2010 senator schumer said, quote, first i don't know a single one of my colleagues who wouldn't prefer to do tax breaks for people up to $1 million. it's my understanding that that is essentially the proposal that the house of representatives is likely to send over to us later in the week. >> well, i think the other thing that's getting lost in the whole debate about the fiscal cliff is where are the savings
the president from the eisenhower executive office building. the first family remains in hawaii for the christmas holiday vacation and the president returned mid-week last week and spending much of the weekend in negotiations and try to push his message and he made an appearance yesterday on nbc's "meet the press." the house remains in recess with a statement from the house republican whip kevin mccarthy who asked members to stay flexible saying that today's schedule remains fluid and members are advised to remain close to the capital. votes are possible pending action from the senate, please stay as flexible as possible. our phone lines are open so tell us what you think about all this as we approach, within 10 hours of the fiscal cliff deadline, no timetable on when votes would happen in the senate and later in the house. congress is taking up to the last second. it could be well into the evening if anything happens. you can also join the conversation on our facebook page. what is your message to washington -- forge a compromise or go over the cliff? let's get to your phone ca
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